Skip to comments.Loretta Fuddy's Brother Sues Over Fatal Crash
Posted on 06/09/2014 2:13:52 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Lewis Fuddy Jr.'s Loretta Fuddy died of an irregular heartbeat that was triggered when the plane she was riding in lost power and crash-landed off the Hawaiian island of Molokai in December.
A engine manufacturer in Canada is to blame for a small plane's ocean landing and the death of Hawaii's former health director, her brother said in a lawsuit filed Monday.
Lewis Fuddy Jr. is suing Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. and Makani Kai Air Charters over the Dec. 11 crash-landing. His 65-year-old sister Loretta Fuddy was a passenger on the flight and died of an irregular heartbeat, police said, that was triggered when the plane lost power and crash-landed off the Hawaiian island of Molokai in December.
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Uh oh. Hoping that this doesn’t turn into a conspiracy thread, with wild insinuations that some Fuddy business is going on ....
Oh,just geez... Elmer Fuddy trying for a payoff. If there hadn’t been a plane crash, her A-Fib wouldn’t have hurt her.
Fuddy better keep a close eye on his brake lines. Just saying.
I hope they recovered the engine for examination. It would be interesting to find out the reason for the failure.
The engine in the Caravan is derated to less than the engine's max power, so it runs cooler and with less stress. It's very unusual for a turboprop to fail suddenly with no warning.
Turboprops are extremely reliable, and rarely fail. But, anything made by man is less than perfect.
What puzzles me is how they can tell she died of an irregular heartbeat without some kind of monitor on her at the time of death. Even if she had a history of arrhythmia, how would they determine it had caused her death?
Sounds suspicious, but would love to hear from any physicians here who can answer my question.......
I predict a gag order by judge on WH orders,....yupyupyup
I’ve been in a small plane when the engine cut out. Kinda scary to say the least. Luckily it restarted and we landed ok. My point is that I have more confidence in a small plane drifting in for a landing than I do a 777. Big planes make me nervous. So was this just a dead engine or total control failure. I don’t remember the story now.
That has been my question all along. How do you determine unusual rhythm in something which is at rest? (Maybe that's the unusual rhythm they are referring to.)
I took a few lessons in a Cessna 152 a few years ago. We did engine-out drills where the instructor cuts the engine at about 1500 feet and the pilot has to cork screw the plane down towards a suitable landing area. I was absolutely stunned by how long it took the plane to get down. As long as they are intact planes desperately want to fly.
It’s said to be a diagnosis of elimination. After everything that can be checked—heart attack, drowning, etc.—has been eliminated, they go with arrhythmia as the most likely cause. There would never be any way to prove it; it’s more or less a catch-all diagnosis when no demonstrable cause can be determined.
Well, yes, most metal when heated tends to expand. PT-6’s are as reliable as a bunson burner. P&W has been making them for a thousands years so I gotta guess that they know enough to set the clearances to account for expansion. A loud bang could mean a blade root failure or a gear box failure of some kind.
A thorough look at the maintenance logs will tell them how many hours since the last major overhaul. Now if someone has run things past the recommended TBO well, that would be a problem for the operator, not P&W
A passenger video was filmed from the ditching, through the cabin egress...controlled flight ‘til the last piece stopped.
What do YOU see?
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